As part of the Andrews Government's Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, designed to support COVID-19 affected tenants and landlords, the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) is providing free mediation to support fair tenancy negotiations.
The mediation support measure is set to provide many Australians with invaluable practical advice and help during this difficult time. Demand is high. As of 23 March, the VSBC had already reported 1,200 enquiries about commercial leases, with 81 percent concerning rent relief and the National Cabinet’s commercial leasing code.
Minister for Small Business, Adem Somyurek said that if tenants and landlords were unable to reach an agreement, the Victorian Small Business Commission was on hand to assist both parties in reaching a fair outcome.
Commercial tenants and landlords needing help and wanting to uptake the free mediation service are advised to email the VSBC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 13 8722.
For more information
Victorian Small Business Commission: Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme FAQs
VACC news story: Commercial tenancy relief scheme